Beautifully written, extraordinarily powerful, a rare gem of a read!
A community of quirky, mismatched, and endearing women struggle to find meaning and purpose on a ramshackle monastery in upstate New York. Having spent their lives in service to a church that seems to no longer serve them, they are confused about their own futures and the future of the entire monastery. Led by Mike, the practical no-nonsense prioress, and Augusta, the grand ancient mystic hermit, they are joined by Gemma, a self-punishing novice, and Arielle, a firebrand jailhouse conversion who was sent there out of rehab by a “sort of angel.” The personalities, commitments, philosophies and beliefs of these and all the characters conflict and converge in ways at once perilous and enlightening. Throughout the tempestuous journey, Augusta's magical sacred teas draw the inevitable closer and closer.
Wonderfully astute and spiritually uplifting, Mystic Tea is the fitting second novel from author Rea Nolan Martin. A commanding and endearing tale that stirs the shackles of constraint, echoing those questions we might all in time ask, as the most intimate thoughts of her characters are revealed. Each narrative insightfully observed, fuelling intrigue and the desire to discover how the shards of splintered lives bond together, playing to spiritual reverence but infused with warmth and an altogether sublime instillation of humour as Martin weaves her glorious tale. Her prose possessing a poetic lilt that so easily render the ambience of time and place, intentionally palpable but not so intrusive that her story is held hostage to her theme. These alone are reasons to read Mystic Tea, but what truly prevails is an innate sense of oneness, ably captured by Martin through judicious use of universal tropes which play to the vagrancies of our loves, flaws and abilities to overcome.
Memorably uplifting and spiritually enthralling, Mystic Tea, will both delight and enlighten, whilst being sure to win many more ardent followers for author Rea Nolan Martin. An exceptional telling by any standard, it is highly recommended.
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